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Boeing NASA Systems has received a $3 million study contract to conduct preliminary concept studies for human lunar exploration and the development of a crew exploration vehicle (CEV).

Boeing NASA Systems has received its first study contract under NASA’s Vision for Space Exploration program to conduct preliminary concept studies for human lunar exploration and the development of a crew exploration vehicle (CEV).

The contract is valued at $3 million with an option for another $3 million.

Boeing is one of 11 companies helping NASA define the overall architecture requirements for lunar missions that will take place between 2015 to 2020.

The missions are part of the Vision for Space Exploration, announced by President Bush on January 14. Boeing says in a statement that the Vision provides a new focus for a sustained and affordable human and robotic space exploration program to explore the solar system and beyond.

Boeing will concentrate the contract study in two areas. The first is the preliminary concept for human lunar exploration focusing on a “system-of-systems” approach.

The second concept area will focus on the CEV including design drivers, launch considerations, launch vehicle integration, and risk specific to achieving the 2014 goal of a crewed flight. Additional specific focus areas include safety, reliability, sustainability and affordability.

“For Boeing, this is a first step toward defining how we move into space to achieve the goals defined by the Vision,” said Dallas Bienhoff, Boeing program manager for the study effort and SES chief architect. “We will help define how we explore space in a manner we can afford as a nation.”

The contract study will be conducted at Boeing sites in Washington, DC; Huntington Beach, California; Huntsville, Alabama; Kennedy Space Center, Florida and Houston, Texas.

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